What is phosphoric acid?

You might wonder what phosphoric acid is used for. It is an ingredient we use to give some of our beverages their tartness.

We use small amounts in some of our drinks, like: 


What is the difference between phosphorous and the phosphoric acid in soda?

Phosphorus is a mineral found in nature, while phosphoric acid is man-made. Phosphoric acid contains phosphorus and is used in a variety of foods and beverages, including some of our own.


Is phosphoric acid safe to have every day?

Phosphoric acid has been thoroughly tested and recognized as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Soft drinks with phosphoric acid contribute an insignificant amount to the total amount of phosphorus in the diet.

If you are concerned, though, please speak with your doctor.


Is there a link between phosphoric acid and bone loss?

The International Osteoporosis Foundation says soft drinks with phosphoric acid do not weaken your bones or cause osteoporosis.

The key to strong and healthy bones are:

  • A balanced diet
  • Sufficient calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients
  • Regular exercise

If you have more questions about bone health, it’s best to talk to your doctor.


Is phosphoric acid listed on your products labels?

Yes. We list the ingredients we use next to the Nutrition Facts label on our bottles and cans, including phosphoric acid. This way, you can make informed choices for yourself and your family.

If you have questions about this ingredient or your diet, talk to your doctor.


Do you have soda without phosphoric acid?

Yes. We offer sodas and recipes without phosphoric acid, like:


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